Before she was killed and her 5-year-old son injured in a shootout with Baltimore County police, Korryn Gaines was live-streaming the standoff to the Internet. Her social-media followers, police said, were encouraging her not to give in, the the Washington Post reports. She did not. After repeatedly pointing a shotgun at officers standing in the hallway of her home on Monday over hours of negotiation, police said, Gaines told them to retreat or die. “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you. I’m going to kill you,” she said, according to Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson. Police said they fired a shot, and Gaines responded with a barrage of gunfire. They shot three more times. Gaines was killed. Her son, hit by a bullet or shrapnel, is in the hospital.
Amid the negotiations, police successfully had Facebook disable the 23-year-old’s accounts, which took about an hour to take effect. Police arrived at Gaines’s home that morning to serve an outstanding warrant from another encounter she had recorded and shown online: a traffic stop that ended in her being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. People discussed the incident on Twitter, debating whether police acted appropriately when faced with an armed woman who threatened officers while her child was nearby. Some said it seemed that police had no choice. “There were times when we thought this would come to a peaceful resolution, closure,” Johnson said. “There were other times she was highly agitated. The entire time throughout the afternoon she repeatedly pointed the weapon at our personnel.”